Floods and Your Crops

Floods and Your Crops

Flooded fields can lead to loss of top soil as well as damage to crops. While little can be done prior to flood situations, prompt action after the flood may help minimize the impact to your crops.

Use this checklist to protect your crops before, during, and after a flood situation.

Floods and Your Crops [PDF]

Determine the risk of flooding in your area

Interactive State Flooding Information Map
Click on a state to learn more about the types of flooding that has occurred there.
National Weather Service
Water Watch: Map of Flood and High Flow Conditions
Map showing current flood or high flow conditions in the United States.
U.S. Geological Survey

Related Websites

Flood Information: Crops
Website with links to information for handling and salvaging crops after a flood.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
Hazards and Threats Preparedness Resources
Website with numerous factsheets on topics for recovering from various all-hazard situations.
Louisiana State University Ag Center

Additional Web Resources

Crop Resources

Forage Testing Laboratories in the Midwest
Listing of forage testing laboratories in the Midwest.
Iowa State University Extension
Salvaging Crops After Flooding: Recovery of Alfalfa, Irrigated Pastures and Hay
Factsheet discussing factors affecting crop damage after a flood and steps to take for salvaging crops.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Salvaging Stored Wet Feed and Grain
Factsheet discussing the drying, marketing and safe feeding of feed and grain damage by a flood situation.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Tips for Handling Flooded Soils
Factsheet with guidelines on clean-up, soil testing and cover crops for flooded soils.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Weed Management After a Flood-Strategies For This Year and Next
Factsheet discussing stratigies for weed management if a crop recovers or when crops are damaged after a flood.
University of Wisconsin Extension